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Dinkytown fans rally for historic preservation

(Photo by Juliet Farmer) More than 100 people turned out to a “Dinkytown Reunion” on Nov. 23,2014, with many calling for the area to be deemed historic.

Don Olson saw Dinkytown through some of its most memorable social and political movements during the 1960s.

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Minneapolis may allow later hours for businesses

(Photo by Elizabeth Brumley) Afro Deli owner Abdirahman Kahin takes orders Nov. 19, 2014. A proposed ordinance change would allow businesses to extend their hours of operation 35 days a year.

Abdirahman Kahin, owner of the West Bank’s Afro Deli, sees fewer customers during Ramadan, the monthlong Muslim daytime fast.

His restaurant is only open until 9 p.m., a time that’s too early for many Muslims to eat during the fasting period.

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THEATER REVIEW | "Witness for the Prosecution" twists and turns at Theatre in the Round

(Photo courtesy Theatre in the Round)

Murder mystery fans are in for a treat at Theatre in the Round’s current production of Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution. Set in post-war London of the 1950s, the play is a “who done it” with numerous plot twists and turns that keeps the audience guessing until the very last scene. Lynn Musgrave directs the play in vintage-style, letting the audience follow the unraveling of the mystery. 

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Giving thanks for food — and food workers!

What image comes to your mind when you think of a “food chain worker?” Is it the efficient functionary at the super store? Or a friendly neighborhood organic grocer? Or do you take a more holistic approach and envision the field worker who plants and harvests your favorite veggies? Or the truck driver who gets the food to market? The packer at the cannery? The street vendor? Or the waiter at a neighborhood restaurant? These and scores of others are all links on the food chain – and members of the Food Chain Workers Alliance. (http://foodchainworkers.org)

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Minnesota wants more air quality talk

Earlier this month, the state pollution control agency announced a pilot program that aims to improve communication between Minneapolis’ largest pollutant emitters and residents amid concerns about the city’s air quality and fear surrounding its health effects.

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An ode to Asian poutine

Yes, I went there. I went there deep. A weekday visit to a little diner billed as Korean fusion had us so excited about that we returned the next day to the Green Spoon near the University of Minnesota Campus in Minneapolis. Earlier in the week a colleague raved about the Kimchi Fries he enjoyed there, so on our second visit they graced the table.

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Milk costs straining shops

(Photo by Zachary Bielinski) Barista Allison Noble makes a drink with soy milk Monday, Nov. 10 at Bordertown Coffee. Local businesses say they are trying to avoid increasing their prices while the cost of milk rises.

Stephen Miller paid $3.15 for a gallon of 2 percent milk in August. Two weeks ago, he paid about $3.45 per gallon.

Though it was a price increase of about 30 cents, Miller, the manager of Bordertown Coffee on 16th Avenue Southeast, said that extra money adds up for the shop, which goes through about 45 gallons of milk each week.

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Minneapolis approves Prospect Park hotel

The Minneapolis City Council gave the final stamp of approval for a hotel in Prospect Park on Friday.

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Surly clears final hurdle for Prospect Park taproom

Surly’s new taproom in Prospect Park is set to open in December 2014. Minneapolis approved a liquor license for the taproom on Nov. 14. (Photo by Juliet Farmer)

Surly Brewing Company checked off the last step in a nearly five-year process to build and open its Prospect Park taproom when the Minneapolis City Council approved the business’s liquor license on Friday.

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Share Dinkytown stories at a reunion this weekend

(Photos by Bill Huntzicker)

If you have Dinkytown memories and stories, you’re invited to share them this weekend at a couple of events and to reminisce about the area’s past and discuss its future.

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